Country artist Jade Mya creates songs that blend storytelling with heart-felt traditional folk, pop and an edgy alternative twist, enabling her to connect with her younger fans at home and abroad in a profound way.
Anything but the traditional country singer, Mya channels the unique fire and rebellion of Johnny Cash, and the power and seductive confidence of Dolly Parton to craft a persona that is all her own.
A Country Music sensation, an in-demand model and a popular fitness personality who is dedicated to social change and the rights of the LGBTQ community, her title track Dirt Covered Rhinestone off her sophomore album, showcases an upbeat response to neigh-sayers and critics, encouraging self-empowerment and self-love. The track gained radio play across Canada, charting on Canadian Country radio, and her music video gained over 1.2 million views in its first month of being released.
We had the opportunity to catch up with the country sensation to talk song-writing, her role models and her new holiday track.
Kat: Could you speak about the inspiration behind your single “Dirt Covered Rhinestone”?
JM: The lyrics for “Dirt Covered Rhinestone” came out quite naturally and smooth. I remember going into the writer’s circle with Ben Pelchat, at his Toronto studio, and knowing what I wanted the title to be. Ben is someone who has been on the road with me for the past few years, and I was able to share my experiences with him. He was the perfect person to help put my experience breaking into the music industry, into a song.
Kat: What was the process of working with producer Justin Gray like?
JM: The process with Justin was really relaxed and honest. It was a really fun experience, one that I will forever remember. When I first started working with him, it was as if we had been best friends, and Justin knew exactly the sound I wanted for this music. He knew exactly how to approach it, and was able to bring out a side of me that no one else could have done. He is a beyond talented producer, and I’m very grateful to my manager, Pierre Paradis, who introduced the idea of us working together.
Kat: You have a new holiday track “One Christmas Wish”. Could you talk a little about the track and what the holiday season means to you?
JM: I wanted the track to be an honest song, and something people could relate to because the holidays are not always a happy time for people. The track is a duet about a break up that I went through over the summer, so the song does start off quite sad, which is something a lot of people don’t expect from a Christmas song. It ends up telling a story with a happy ending, where the one Christmas wish of the couple comes true. The holidays are one of my favorite time of the year, especially since I’m close to my family. It’s a time where everyone can put their differences aside and simply enjoy their time together.
Listen to “One Christmas Wish” Below:
Kat: Musically speaking, who would you consider your role models or idols?
JM: Shania Twain is someone I’ve always followed and looked up to. She is the queen of country, and I find myself relating to her in so many ways, especially at the beginning of her career where she stuck to her true self no matter what was being said. Another will always be the original outlaw Johnny Cash.
Kat: Do you have any advice for emerging artists looking to get into the music business or country music scene?
JM: I would say have a plan and goals. Get out there and meet people that can help you get there, because it’s a team effort. With the right people and the right drive anything is possible, you just have remember to pick yourself up and dust yourself off anytime you fall down. Keep focused and working on your goals and dreams.